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Pop/Rock Singer Charlie Scopoletti Beats Cancer Twice & Survives Other Adversity – The Result Is ‘Perspective Music’ & His CD, ‘Truth’; 3/7/13 Benefit Set For Capitol Theatre
Pop/Rock Singer Charlie Scopoletti Defies the Odds, Beating Cancer Twice and Surviving Other Adversity – The Result is ‘Perspective Music’ & His Album, ‘Truth’
Benefit Concert at Capitol Theatre in Port Chester Confirmed for March 7th, 2013. Scopoletti to Headline an Evening Filled with Special Guests
A Dream Comes True For Scopoletti - as a Kid Growing Up in Westchester County, “The Capitol Theatre was my Madison Square Garden…”
Singer-songwriter Charlie Scopoletti has endured a life of challenges, beating back cancer twice (including once as a child,) overcoming other physical adversity (a collapsed lung and a horribly broken leg,) and more. Rather than be undone by his battles, they’ve inspired him, and the result is a soulful pop/rock collection, ‘Truth’, which he defines as ‘perspective music’.
Scopoletti considers Rob Thomas, Dave Matthews and Hall & Oates among his musical influences, and he does them proud on his album -- from the stunning ‘Forecast’ to the forthright title track, to the blunt, poignant ‘Heaven Can Wait’ to the funky groove of ‘Feel Some More’, Scopoletti’s ‘Truth’ marks his arrival as an honest storyteller with a terrific ear for melody and a unique life story delivered through song.
On March 7th, 2013, Scopoletti will give something back to his hometown of Port Chester, NY, headlining a benefit concert at the newly ‘reborn’ Capitol Theatre. As a kid growing up in Westchester County, Scopoletti recalls that the Capitol “was my Madison Square Garden…I passed it every day, hoping that one day I would perform there. Dreams do come true.”
Listen to Scopoletti discuss the event, and hear two tracks from ‘Truth’, via this recent interview on WFAS Radio:
Scopoletti’s ‘Truth Concert & Charity Event’ will Benefit two worthy causes: Imerman Angels, and the Natalia Crespo Eirin Foundation. Tickets are available here: http://www.thecapitoltheatre.com/
Natalia Crespo Eirin Foundation
Natalia Crespo Eirin was Charlie Scopoletti’s best friend who lost her 14-year battle with a brain tumor in 2006 at the young age of 30. NCEF mission is to celebrate the power of how a single person can make a difference in the lives of others. The Foundation intends to shape grant-making programs to support several projects including, but not limited to, brain cancer awareness and research, college scholarships, helping the lives of others who have been diagnosed and/or living with cancer-related illnesses, making donations to families in need of support or relief, making grants to hospitals to improve care; and any other ways to help society, the community and individuals.
Imerman Angels (One-on-One cancer support) Imerman Angels carefully matches and individually pairs a person touched by cancer (a cancer fighter or survivor) with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer (a Mentor Angel). Cancer caregivers (spouses, parents, children and other family and friends of fighters) also receive 1-on-1 connections with other caregivers and survivors. These 1-on-1 relationships inspire hope and offer the chance to ask personal questions and receive support from someone who is uniquely familiar with the experience. The service is absolutely free and helps anyone touched by any type of cancer, at any cancer stage level, at any age, living anywhere in the world. Scopoletti is in the community to become a Mentor Angel.
Prior to the big March 7th event in Port Chester, Scopoletti will perform in Atlanta, GA: on January 3, 2013, he’ll make a charity appearance on behalf of THE VOICE. Then, on January 4, he'll perform at Smith's Olde Bar. For more details on these appearances, visit his website at www.csband.com.
For Scopoletti, who has drawn comparisons to Ryan Adams, Kenny Loggins and Jason Mraz, 2013 is shaping up as a breakthrough year during which this local hero aims to assert himself on a broader stage. He also has a new EP in the works, which includes his homage to Darryl Hall, in the form of Scopoletti’s versions of the beloved tracks ‘Sara Smile’ and ‘Rich Girl’. Additional tour dates and other news will be announced soon.
Charlie Scopoletti BIO:
Charlie Scopoletti defines his music as “Perspective Music”. A two-time cancer survivor, his debut album “Truth” draws from the unique perspective of someone who's faced and overcome adversity. With his artistic blend of passionate lyricism, melodic hooks, and intense approach to acoustic guitar playing, his music will take you places only you can go.
Scopoletti was only ten when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, a debilitating disease of the lymphatic system. Looking back on the months spent in treatment, Scopoletti remembers how the painful process of recovery started his life in a new direction. As chance would have it, Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in NYC, where Scopoletti underwent treatment, provided its patients with instruments for recreational therapy. The instruments fascinated Scopoletti, who tried every instrument the hospital provided, even a drum set reportedly donated by Madonna. Scopoletti’s obsession with music continued through his recovery and remained with him through his adolescence into adulthood. Even today Scopoletti says: “If you put any instrument in front of me I’ll find some way to get a noise out of it.”
Scopoletti recovered from his fight with Hodgkin’s and eventually rejoined the other kids at school where he found a home for his music. He joined band, choir, musicals and any other activity that would give him license to try something new. With a dedicated passion for singing, Scopoletti was driven to excel as an artist. At age 16, Scopoletti was given his first electric guitar and at 18, his first acoustic. From that point on he tried to learn as much about the guitar and his voice as he could, imitating the performances of his favorites and teaching himself chords and most importantly, songwriting. Even though Scopoletti had a childhood fascination with music, through high school, music took a back seat to sports. Scopoletti played baseball, football, soccer, but his number one joy was basketball. He practiced night and day with the hopes of winning a coveted scholarship to play for a college team. Scopoletti was offered many small scholarships but decided to go to Ohio University. While in the process of training for basketball tryouts Scopoletti suffered a horrible accident that left him with a badly broken leg. While his leg was healing, Scopoletti spent day after day playing his guitar, and singing, writing and creating songs. Gradually music became his main focus. Scopoletti never took any serious music lessons, but his innate talent for music allowed him to imitate anything he heard. Scopoletti’s biggest education came when he would sneak into a local bar on Thursday nights to watch one of his favorite local musicians. Scopoletti would go home and imitate everything he watched the man do, learning new techniques. He began performing solo acoustic shows weekly and also went through several different bands over the years singing and playing guitar and even playing drums on occasion. He’s a believer in live performances and practicing his art in front of an audience. With that belief, Scopoletti has been gigging steadily through all stages of his career.
In late 2004, Scopoletti decided to make his musical compositions come to life, and under the band name CSB, released his first full-length album entitled “Circles” on Rock Ridge Records. Scopoletti’s intimate songwriting and brilliant compositions had the ability to reach audiences by touching on topics that everyone can relate to- love, loss, and new possibilities. CSB’s songs received airplay across the country and the band toured to support the new release. They performed regularly in the NYC Music Scene, at countless venues in the U.S, and in Italy, Portugal, Spain, the islands of St. Bart’s, St Martin and Aruba. In 2006, Scopoletti hit another road block on life’s path in the form of thyroid cancer. While that brought a halt to the momentum he’d been building, Scopoletti was not to be undone. He recovered and in 2009, CSB opened for alternative rockers Better Than Ezra as part of the Alive at Five outdoor summer series at Columbus Park in Stamford, CT.
Although Scopoletti had achieved some success with CSB for several years, in 2010 he decided to return to his roots as a singer/songwriter in order to cultivate his career and further explore his abilities as an artist. With a fresh outlook and perspective on life, Scopoletti began creating a compilation of songs that would serve as the catalyst for several promising opportunities. Through a mutual friend, Scopoletti met Vanessa Ferrer of InFocus Artist Management. The two began discussions on how to achieve Scopoletti’s goals and a management agreement was signed soon after. As part of their strategy, they decided to approach Hal Winer, Grammy nominated sound engineer and proprietor of Bicoastal Music (Rob Thomas, Allan Toussaint, Robert Randolph) about the possibility of recording in his studio. After several “auditions”, Winer agreed to take on the project and enlisted Clifford Carter (James Taylor, Art Garfunkel, Jewel, Black Crowes) as co–producer and music director of the project. Pre-production work was complete by late 2010 and the recording process began. With Scopoletti on vocals and acoustic guitar, Clifford Carter on keys, Joe Bonadio (Sting, Martin Sexton, Shawn Colvin) on percussion, Mike Visceglia (Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Avril Lavigne) on bass and the Grooveline Horns (Jason Mraz) were brought in who were featured on the high-energy track “Feel Some More”. Scopoletti’s highly anticipated debut solo album "Truth" is now complete and was released on January 31st 2012. Charlie has been touring the country to support the album’s release and will headline the “Truth Concert and Charity Event” at the legendary Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on March 7, 2013.
Visit Charlie’s website: http://www.csband.com/fr_home.cfm
Management: Vanessa A. Ferrer at http://www.infocusmgmt.com